Tropical Storm Eta, Subtropical Storm Theta, tropical wave: 2020 hurricane season just won’t stop

Cheryl McCloud
| Tallahassee Democrat

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Tropical Storm Eta brings flash flooding to south Florida

Floods were inundating streets in Key Largo on November 9, hours after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in southern Florida.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking three systems in the Atlantic basin: Tropical Storm Eta, Subtropical Storm Theta and a tropical wave in the Caribbean.

Subtropical Storm Theta formed Monday night over the northeast Atlantic as the record-breaking 29th storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said.

Never-ending hurricane season : When will this relentless Atlantic hurricane season finally end? Will Theta follow Eta?

Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10: 

What’s out there and where are they?

Tropical Storm Eta: Eta is gaining strength off the coast of western Cuba. 

Subtropical Storm Theta formed in the eastern Atlantic Monday night and is moving toward the east. 

Disturbance 1: A tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

How likely are they to strengthen?

1. Tropical Storm Eta: Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph, with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, followed by weakening likely starting on Thursday.

2.  Subtropical Storm Theta: Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph, with higher gusts. Theta should transition to a tropical storm later today. Little change in intensity is expected during the next several days

3.  Disturbance 1: This wave is expected to move west into more conducive environmental conditions, and a tropical depression could form late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: near 0%
  • Formation chance through 5 days: 60%

Details on Tropical Storm Eta

In the cone: Tropical Storm Eta’s latest forecast puts Northwest Florida in ‘cone of uncertainty’

Tropical Storm Eta: Eta bringing strong winds, heavy rains to Southwest Florida

  • Location: about 60 miles northwest of the western tip of Cuba
  • Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph 
  • Present movement: south at 5 mph

Details on Subtropical Storm Theta

  • Location: about 960 miles southwest of the Azores
  • Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph 
  • Present movement: east at 12 mph 

Who is likely to be impacted?

Tropical Storm Eta: Eta could approach the Florida Gulf Coast later this week as a tropical storm, and possibly bring impacts from rain, wind and storm surge. Residents in this area should continue to monitor the progress of Eta and updates to the forecast this week.

Subtropical Storm Theta: There are no threats to land at this time.

Disturbance 1: It’s still too early at this time to determine whether Florida will feel the impact from the tropical wave in the Caribbean. 

Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.

Tracking the tropics in real time:

These graphics, which update automatically, show you activity in the tropics in real time:

Latest images from National Hurricane Center:

USAT storm tracker:

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